Slow Cooker High Protein Beef, Potato and Lentil Stew

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This Beef and Lentil Stew recipe is filled with hearty beef, baby potatoes, fresh veggies and nutritious lentils, slow cooked for hours to make a healthy, hearty and easy stew that will last all week long. With 38g of protein, this comfort food classic is perfect for meal prep, large families and cold winter nights. 
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Bowl of beef and lentil stew.

Beef and Lentil Stew

The next time you’re in the mood for something warming, hearty, and flavorful, this beef and lentil stew never fails. I’ve been making this lentil soup recipe for a long time and each time I fall in love with the combination of lentils, potatoes, tender beef, and hearty vegetables.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • High protein and high fiber.
  • ​An easy recipe to “throw and go.”
  • ​Use any kind of lentil.
  • Gluten and dairy-free.

This stew is great way to stay warm on winter nights when you want something healthy but also filling and comforting. The best part is you throw everything into the slow cooker and leave it for 8 hours. When you come back, you have an amazing meal to serve.

Feel free to add in your favorite veggies. Green beans, stalk of celery, baby spinach, and zucchini are yummy additions.

What kind of beef?

This slow cooker recipe is best with bottom round roast or chuck roast. These cuts of beef are ideal for stew because they are tougher than other cuts and the slow cooker breaks down the tough fibers making them perfectly tender after longer periods of time. You definitely want to cook on low instead of high. Slow and steady will ensure your beef is perfectly cooked.

Even better, these cuts are cheaper than others. Delicious and economical! Trim the meat into large chunks and remove any large pieces of fat. Toss into the dutch oven and wait for the magic to happen. 

Gluten and dairy-free info

Beef and lentil stew is both gluten and dairy-free as is.

Ingredients and Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions. See the recipe card below for the full ingredients list and instructions for this beef and lentil stew.

Stew Meat: chuck roast or bottom round roast.

Lentils: red lentils, green lentils, brown lentils, white beans or combo.

Baby Golden Potatoes

Fire Roasted Tomatoes

Beef Stock or Broth

Coconut Aminos: or soy sauce

How to make beef and lentil stew

Step 1: trim meat and prep veggies

Trim beef by removing large areas of fat. Cut into 1 inch bite size pieces. Chop carrots, onions and potatoes.

Step 2: add remaining ingredients to slow cooker

Add all remaining ingredients, including dry lentils, to the crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours.

Remove bay leaves before serving and enjoy.

Serving and storing info

Serve this stew with a side of dinner rolls or crusty bread to dip into your stew. Add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, if desired.

Store leftover stew in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Freeze stew in a freezer safe container for up to three months.

Beef and lentil stew piled high in a white bowl.
Bowl of beef and lentil stew.

Beef and Lentil Stew

Danielle Lima
This Beef and Lentil Stew recipe is filled with hearty beef, baby potatoes, fresh veggies and nutritious lentils, slow cooked for hours to make a healthy, hearty and easy stew that will last all week long. With 38g of protein, this comfort food classic is perfect for meal prep, large families and cold winter nights. 
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 399 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs. stew meat (bottom round roast or chuck roast), trimmed
  • 1 cup uncooked lentils
  • 2 cups chopped carrots 300g
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion 120g
  • 2.5 cups quartered baby golden potatoes 400g
  • 178 g  frozen peas
  • 14 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 25 oz. beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp.  cayenne pepper

Instructions
 

  • Trim beef by removing large areas of fat. Cut into 1 inch bite size pieces. Chop carrots, onions and potatoes.
  • Add all ingredients to the crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours.

Notes

  • All nutritional information is an estimate and will vary with substitutions. 
  • Add any desired veggies or type of beans.

Nutrition

Serving: 416gCalories: 399kcalCarbohydrates: 30.6gProtein: 38.5gFat: 13.9g
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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I cannot believe there are not more reviews on this. This is AMAZING. First off, the colors in the slow cooker, alone, were beautiful. This was completely satisfying, perfect Autumn or Winter stew and super hearty! This is a keeper.

    1. 5 stars
      This is now my go-to that I start on Sunday and Wednesday nights. They fit in Thermos containers in my lunchbox.

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